Periodontal (gum) disease is inflammation of the gums and damage to the bone that anchors teeth in the jaws. According to the Australian Department of Health, in 2012 serious gum disease affected over 20 per cent of Australian adults and was the most common cause of tooth loss.
Yet, gum disease is relatively unknown and often overlooked.
No matter how overlooked gum disease is, one thing is certain – millions of Australians have at least moderate gum disease. Fortunately, if you have gum disease, your Mernda dentist at United Smiles is here to help!
The Threat of Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that support your teeth. Gum disease is linked to other major health problems including stillbirths, strokes, heart disease and some kinds of cancer. Left untreated, gum disease leads to loose teeth and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.